What We Do
Phase 1 – Main Chassis Extension
The structural integrity of the chassis used is maintained, and enhanced, during the extension phase of the process. A precision tooled chassis support system elevates the chassis and locks it into place prior to the cutting process. The chassis is marked and cut along specially engineered lines into two sections.
The front half of the chassis remains locked in place, the rear half is rolled back along gauged tracks to a predetermined length and locked into place with steel dowel pins. This provides precise and consistent placing of the chassis for reassembly.
The main frame extensions are matched to chassis dimensions and attached to the chassis with precise weld patterns. This allows the frame to be stronger than the original. The overall strength is further enhanced by the addition of a structured roll cage which also gives the vehicle the appearance of a hearse.
Offline, round tubing of high strength steel is welded together and installed on the chassis during the main frame build process. The initial main frame construction process is critical to the quality and durability of the vehicle and adds to the beauty as the vehicle progresses in the production process.
- Chassis Cut
- Frame Extension
- Cage Construction
Phase 2 – Body Panels & Paint
In this phase, the funeral vehicle begins to take shape. The main body structure is a composite material that molds the vehicle into a hearse or limousine. The structure is attached to the substructure with a high-strength adhesive for a strong and durable union of the body panel and chassis. While the outer surface of the panels are paintable, state of the art finishing materials are applied to eliminate any imperfections on the surface of the body.
Accubuilt uses Axalta (formerly DuPont), a world class prime and paint system. Through Axalta, Accubuilt offers a limited lifetime warranty on the paint system. To insure the highest quality, an Axalta trained representative is on-site at Accubuilt during production hours to mix paint.
The buffing and polishing process brings out the deep luster of the paint and clear coat. Our highly-skilled team applies years of experience to every vehicle. Buffing and polishing is an art and we employ some of the best artisans in the industry to execute the process to perfection.
- Body Panels
- Metal Finishing & Paint Preparation
- Prime & Paint
- Buff & Polish
Phase 3 – Interior & Trim
In this phase the vehicle’s beauty comes forth. Accubuilt offers an assortment of grains and colors for vinyl tops and a variety of interior styles and colors. These elements come together reflect the customer’s tastes and preferences. The level of care and craftsmanship applied while installing the trim and interiors adds a touch of elegance and respect to each of our funeral vehicles. The design, fit and finish of the interiors is unmatched in the industry.
- Vinyl Top
- Loading Floor
- Interior Panels & Trim
Phase 4 – Quality Control & Shipping
The Quality Control system used at Accubuilt is meticulous and comprehensive. Each vehicle undergoes a serious of four rigorous inspections at separate stages throughout the build process. Vehicles are measured against a complex set of metrics to ensure the vehicle exceeds all quality and safety standards. Any defects identified are corrected and the vehicle is re-inspected. The final metrics provide the production and engineering teams with valuable feedback regarding parts and processes. It is a system of continuous improvement.
As a part of the quality system, Accubuilt does an on-site wheel alignment to each vehicle to insure the integrity of the drive system is within OEM specifications. Upon completion, vehicles are transported to customers through a network that specializes in the transport of specialty vehicles. The professionalism and experience of these transportation companies offers peace of mind that vehicles will arrive safely.
- Wheel Alignment
From start to finish, the process of watching a funeral vehicle take its shape can be compared to the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan. Accubuilt has the experience and craftsmanship to mold a conventional vehicle into a beautiful piece of art to be admire for generations. Contact us for more information about What We Do.